Michael Buble’s three-year-old son Noah has liver cancer, an Argentinian magazine reported on Wednesday.
Doctors in Los Angeles confirmed Michael and his actress wife Luisana Lopilato’s worst fears last Tuesday after doing a liver biopsy following an initial examination at a clinic in Buenos Aires.
Noah is also said to have started chemotherapy which is going to last four months, magazine Gente reports.
Luisana’s elder sister Daniela told the magazine on Tuesday: ‘If God wanted it to be discovered that way, it’s because he wants to save Noah.
‘Cancer is a horrible illness but we have faith in Noah being able to overcome this.
‘We know he will. The time to start a long and very difficult treatment has come but it’s got to be done.
‘They say children are normally strong to put up with chemotherapy and my nephew is a warrior.’
Argentinian media had speculated Noah was suffering mumps when Luisana, 29, flew to the States at the end of last month.
She had been preparing to start filming an English-language movie called Numb, At The Edge Of The End, alongside Harvey Keitel and Hayden Christensen.
Detailing the events leading up to Noah’s cancer diagnosis, confirmed in a statement released by Michael and his wife last week, Gente said: ‘She took her son to the Otamendi Miroli Hospital in Buenos Aires because he had a high fever.
‘After an exhaustive examination, they ruled out mumps and suggested two possibilities, a throat infection or mononucleosis.
‘To rule out the second possibility they had to carry out a battery of tests which included an abdominal ultrasound.
‘On October 27, after a throat swab, they confirmed he had a throat infection and not mononucleosis but the ultrasound had detected a liver problem.
‘The doctors told Luisana, “He has a stain on his liver, but it’s not got different tones and therefore it’s probably benign but we have to continue with the tests.”‘
Michael, who was working in London, is said to have told his wife to seek a second opinion in LA and Luisana flew to the States on October 29 with their nine-month-old son Elias and her parents.
Luisana’s sister, a nutritionist and part-time actress, told Gente: ‘It was there they discovered something wasn’t right.
‘We have very good specialists but for personal and family reasons, Michael and my sister decided to fly to the States.’
The magazine said they were told after the devastating November 1 cancer diagnosis that Noah would need chemo and the possibility of surgery afterwards to remove the tumour – but his chances of beating it were 90 per cent.
Michael and his wife of five years confirmed their son had cancer on the singer’s Facebook page last week.
They said in a statement: ‘We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.
‘We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children.
‘Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well.’
Asking for people’s prayers, the statement added: ‘We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing.’
Daniela confirmed at the end of last week the youngster did not have leukemia as she admitted the entire family were ‘broken in half.’
She is preparing to fly to LA in the next few days to be with her nephew, Luisana and their parents Eduardo and Betty.
Telling Gente how Noah was doing, she said: ‘He has the innocence of children and that is good. He doesn’t understand too much what is happening.
‘The love people are showing is helping us to see things with optimism and we have a lot of faith.
The Canadian musician and the Argentinian actress and model welcomed their second son, Elias, into the world in January.
Last week, Bublé appeared on an hour-long show, pre-recorded for the BBC in Salford last month.
In Bublé At The BBC, the singer told host Claudia Winkleman he ‘just didn’t know that level of love existed’.
He said of his sons: ‘I just love them so much that part of loving them so much is not giving them everything they want and that is a tough thing for me.’
When asked about returning to work, he said it was ‘really tough’, and that Noah did not want him to leave.